July 18, 2021
Friends and family,
We hope you've all had a wonderful couple of weeks. We apologize for the delay in updating you. We've had a less eventful couple weeks than usual. Obviously, that's a positive, so thank the Lord for that.
Jennifer did resume her chemo treatments this week. Whereas she was previously taking a pill for her chemo treatment, she is now using a pump to receive the same drugs. What this means is that, for the next four months, she will be receiving an infusion once every two weeks. For three days after the infusion, she will be receiving chemo drugs through a pump she wears in a fanny pack for three more days. Once the pump is disconnected, she will have a week and a half off of the chemo until her next treatment.
The side effects are much lighter on the pump than they were on the pill. The plan is that Jennifer will be on chemo until November, and the hope is that this round of chemo will prevent the cancer from coming back. Please continue to lift her up in prayer for that.
For me, this has all meant that I get to sharpen up on my medical skills (I was a medic with the U.S. Army for 8 years). While I was tasked with administering a shot of blood thinner once a day for Jennifer for a few weeks after her surgery, now I get to be the one to disconnect the pump every other Wednesday. I'm glad I already have experience with this stuff, because it would be weird to have to learn it for the first time under these circumstances.
The kids are doing great. For the past couple days, they have been in Flower Mound, TX., at their Aunt T's (Traci) house. I dropped them off with Traci in Mansfield on Friday, and Jennifer and I have spent the last couple days just the two of us together. Their Aunt Elsie also came down to spend the weekend with them, so Norah got the opportunity to hang out with her cool aunts for the weekend. Last night, we even had a chance to eat and play games with our host family. They taught us how to play parcheesi (Jennifer won!). I've posted some pictures for you all, and we'll be meeting Traci halfway to pick them up this afternoon.
For our prayer warriors, here are some prayer requests..
- Please pray for Jennifer's continued chemo treatments. She does still struggle some occasional nausea and exhaustion.
- Pray for the children, that we would be diligent to raise them well, and that they would each come to have saving faith in Jesus Christ.
- Pray for me as I seek to provide for our family and make wise decisions about our present and our future.
- Pray that our love for one another as a family would grow through this experience.
We are so grateful for all of your kindnesses, and especially your prayer. May the Lord bless you immensely from His limitless storehouses, and may your week be filled with joy in the shadow of the cross of Christ. We love you all.
To God alone be all glory, honor, and praise!
Billy & Jennifer Leonhart
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- Jeffrey JordanThanks for sharing the pics. Love the "eyelash" goggles! too cute. So are these your sisters or Jen's ? That's so cool about you being a Medic in the Army, I never knew!. Will certainly continue to pray for these things. I will send e-mail to you both to ask some other questions. May the grace, love, joy, peace and mercy of God the Father and of the Lord Jesus Christ and the comfort of the Holy Spirit be with you all.7/18/21